The strength to stand firm, when they say you’re wrong.

img_0205Living in a world where everybody likes you and your choices is not ideal or realistic.  Here’s an old story about myself that I wanted to re-post, as it taught me a very valuable lesson.  Maybe someone else can learn from it.

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3 ways ‘haters’ can help you.

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Jesus has haters.  From before he was born, all the way to now, his haters are all around us.  He reminds us that while living for him, we will experience this fate as well.  Seems like a shame, but there is value in understanding that not everyone is going to like you.  Read on for three specific things haters can do for you. Continue reading “3 ways ‘haters’ can help you.”

3 simple ways to discover your purpose.

IMG_0594Many of us get fooled into thinking that our purpose has to be “earth shattering”. We have often psyched ourselves out of finding our purpose, because we associate it with a major task.  Finding our purpose means that now, we have to work hard.  Some people do a lot of soul-searching, questions, countless nights, introspective observation and back-breaking labor to crack the surface of who they are and more importantly, where they are going.  It doesn’t have to be that deep or hard and I offer 3 ways to find our your purpose.

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Turning “stars” into leaders.

IMG_0591In life, we often hear about “stars”. This word is often associated with people like Lebron James or Carson Wentz, rising above their circumstances and performing above and beyond what is normally expected. Or the term is reserved for people like Taylor Swift, Beyoncé and Chris Pratt, whose careers and lifestyles seem so far above ours, that all we can liken them to is “stars”. But what might a “star” look like in an everyday situation?

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Things “successful” people sometimes forget to tell you.

IMG_0578The simple truth is, you can’t have it, just because you want it.  You’ll hear a lot of people say, “you can have it, if you want it”.  If you believe it, you can achieve it. That’s why motivational speakers do so well because people that listen to them are searching for anything to latch onto.  Anything but the truth.

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Words Matter

IMG_3983You see it everyday in the media.  It’s very apparent, maybe today more then ever, that words matter.  This lesson is learned very young in life and extends into adulthood.  It’s become such a normal part of life to hear negative words, that we often tell people to “have a thick skin” and “just ignore it”.  Even positive words can be dangerous.  That’s when we caution people with phrases like, “don’t get a big head” or “that person only wants one thing from you”.  Having said that, people should develop within themselves a certain level of spiritual fortitude, where they draw their value from God and not man.  But that’s not all we should do regarding positive and negative words.  Read on for some ways leaders can use words more effectively.

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5 things leaders must do everytime.

IMG_0562There are a lot of ways to lead a team.  Usually leaders will develop a style that matches their own strengths, as they pursues goals.  Each goal reached is a victory used to catapult the team to another level.  By utilizing various techniques, good leaders influence their teams to expected ends.  There are 5 things leader must do everytime in order to maximize their effectiveness and be part of a winning team.

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Recovering from mistakes. A 5 part series.

IMG_0538I wrote an article here about recovering from mistakes.  In it, I gave 5 ways to recover from your mistakes.  In this series, I will look at each one a little deeper.

1. Accept the mistake.

2. Don’t beat yourself up.

3. Find value.

4. Have a main goal to shift back to.

5. Don’t take yourself too seriously.

Today, let’s start with #1.  Acceptance.

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